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Sarah Alexis Rabinowe

Sarah  Alexis Rabinowe

Sarah Alexis Rabinowe

Pembroke College

Research Area: Copyright Privileges, Intellectual Property, and Image Ownership: The Role of Law in the Art of Renaissance Venice

Supervisor: Prof Deborah Howard


Sarah Rabinowe is a PhD Candidate under the Supervision of Professor Deborah Howard in the Department of History of Art. Her PhD Dissertation examines copyright and intellectual property law in relation to the production of artwork in Early Modern Venice and the Veneto. Prior to beginning her PhD, Sarah received a Master of Studies in History of Art and Visual Culture with Distinction from the University of Oxford and a Bachelor of General Studies focusing in History of Art and Pre-Law with High Distinction from the University of Michigan - Ann Arbor. Sarah has researched the intersection of art and law for the past eight years, resulting in her 2014 Masters Dissertation, Printing Privileges and the Replicated Image: Case Studies of the 'Cum Privilegio' and 2013 Undergraduate Honors Thesis, In Defense of the Illuminated Manuscript: Rendering Laws in the Wolfenbüttel 'Sachsenspiegel'. Recently, Sarah co-organized the interdisciplinary conference, Art & Law: Art in Peril, sponsored by The School of Arts and Humanities Graduate-led Conference Fund, the Faculty of Law Researcher Development Fund, Pembroke College and the Centre for Intellectual Property and Information Law (CIPIL).

Research Interests

  • Italian Early Modern Art Law
  • Italian Early Modern Paintings and Prints
  • Historical and Contemporary Art Law
  • Cultural Heritage Protection
  • Art Crime
  • Art Restitution and Repatriation
  • Comparative Legal Theory
  • Intellectual Property Law
  • Copyright Law